Earlier this week, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (“THAAD”) system, which was previously designed for short-range defense, had its first test against an intermediate-range ballistic missile (“IRBM”), a weaponry system mirroring North Korea’s. The results of the test were promising as the system seamlessly defended against the incoming threat.
Congress is currently discussing the 2018 military budget, which is centered around two main ideas: the human capital component and equipment element. The human capital portion is comprised of increasing military pay and growing the number of active troops.
The Senate Armed Services Committee unveiled a $700 billion defense authorization bill that will set the stage for a showdown with House budget planners and the White House over national defense spending priorities.
Both Boeing and Airbus outperformed analyst order expectations at the Paris Airshow this past week. At the end of the week-long show, Boeing and Airbus booked $75 billion and $42 billion in orders, respectively.
The 52nd biennial International Paris Air Show will take place from June 19th – 25th and will bring together 2,379 exhibitors from 47 countries to showcase the latest technological innovations in the industry. Notably, the show will include the first showing of the F-35 at the Paris Air Show and additional information regarding Boeing’s New Midsize Airplane (“NMA”).
Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg announced this past week that Boeing will begin shifting a portion of its manufacturing work to China and other overseas markets. This move is a part of Boeing’s reshaping effort which hopes to increase the profitability of its core commercial jetliners and increase defense exports, while cutting costs.
On Wednesday, Pratt & Whitney disclosed that it is proposing an upgrade to F-35 engines that could increase overall thrust by ~10% and decrease fuel consumption by ~6%. Pratt believes that this upgrade, which is being called the F135 Growth Option 1.0, provides an attractive option for three primary reasons: (i) ease of integration into any of the three F-35 variants; (ii) compliance with partner and foreign partner requirements; and (iii) equal cost to the existing engine, but heightened performance.
On Monday, President Donald Trump released his GFY2018 budget proposal which included ~$640 billion for military spending. This request is more than $50 billion over the current congressional budget caps and only ~$15 billion more than former President Barack Obama budgeted in his forecast for GFY2018.